Tuesday, 11 October 2016

An Ork for Orctober 2016

It's somewhat fortuitous that I'm working on an Ork at the moment, seeing as it's the month of Orctober and all. Kulos' getting closer to being finished, which means that my objective of completing the required Wolf Time mini's is slowly eaking it's way to completion.

Last post I talked about a potentially quick & cheaty technique that I was going to try. One that I hoped would save me a lot of time in the sculpting side of this conversion. Well.....it kinda sorta failed, but I'll describe my "cunning plan" anyway, as someone "may" find something of use in my hair brained scheme?

I first took a press mold of the Freebooter Minder with Oyumaru (Oh, by the way, I don't heat this stuff up with water anymore, introduces water inclusions into the mold. I just warm it up with my Heat-gun, works great!) and I tried painting the inside of it with PVA glue, hoping that I'd have a flexible skin to basically dress the base model in. It didn't work, too many bubbles. Mind you, I still think the theory is sound. Maybe a different glue would have yielded adequate results?

Here's a few pics of my mental method;

"Where's me leg's ya bastard?!!!"

And just in case your thinking about something crude, no, I didn't get overly enthusiastic :P

Bit hard to see in the pic, but there were far too many bubbles.

After that failed I thought about using some other type of material in place of the PVA, so I tried using GS. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of this process, so I'll just describe it. I rolled the GS as flat as I could make it with a AA battery on a sheet of baking paper. Then I laid the "sheet" over the mold & pressed it in, working it into all the nooks & crannies with the end of a chopstick...as you do. The result? It worked out pretty good! 

Here's some pics of the head section that I made with this technique;

Flattened face of Kulo.

Secured his grimace with Super-glue & Filla powder.

Mug shot.

But in the end this only resulted a normally proportioned flat face....not the FAT face I was after. Oh well, I'll just have to bite the bullet and attempt what I should have attempted in the first place i.e. sculpt his face the old fashioned way:( Sigh! Ok, enough of my experimental diarrhoea, What follows is a modest description of the real progress that I've achieved this week. 

I decided to take take a press mold of the donor minis' chest. The previous post photo's didn't show it, but this guys a little too 2D for my tastes. I wanted to give him more of a gut, so I GS an extra one & stuck it to the original....here, have a look;

Not fat enough for me.

That's looking much better :)

So, after stuffing about for a few days, I made a mock-up (held together with Blue-tak) of the ugly bastard. Apart from assembling him properly & GS him, there's only a couple of things that I need before I can begin. Those things are; waiting for a bolt pistol to arrive in the mail and then to convert it into the style from the illustration. And secondly, manufacture a Neuro Disruptor out of sprue off-cuts. Then it'll be all systems go!

A rough WIP, gotta get the arm proportions right, add a belt etcetera etcetera.

Lastly, some of you may be wondering why I even bothered buying a mini to convert up in the first place? If all I was going to to do was to dismember him to the extent that he just became a blob of resin? And while it's true that there's not much left of the original mini, it still provided me with a proportional subject for me to work with. As a mental aid it was worth it (he was a dirt cheap mini anyway, so no great loss really) as it helped me to create a mental picture of what Kulo should look like in my head. If that makes any sense?

Ok, bye for now & keep you dick in a vice.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Guvna Kulo v2.0

Howdy folks,

If you've been following me for a little while now you'll recall my rather dismal attempt at trying to convert an old Freebooter Minder into a convincing Kulo. But, to be honest with you, after fucking about shoving GS into his face & gut for an inordinate amount of time, I came to the conclusion that I was fighting a losing battle. I just wasn't convinced with the shape he was taking & how the end product he was looking like becoming. Also, a few welcome critiques in the comments section helped confirm my suspicions as well. So I gave up.....back to the drawing board kinda thing.

Roll forward a few months, after I'd finished off my Bullock's and played a bit more with the Space Wolves, and I stumbled across this guy on the net:

Batter up!

I think his from some kind of Blood Bowl clone...or something like that. But his skull smashing abilities on the football field aren't what attracted me to him. It was his guts man! And the stance, and the.....the whole vibe of the mini (stellar movie reference for those in the know) that got me all excited. Also, he was pictured beside a ruler (always handy when you want to convert something IMO) and stood in at just over 30mm from head to toe. So I was quietly confident that his proportions would scale up ok vis-a-vis with an RT Ork.

Oh, and I forgot to mention he was cheap too. Always a concern for discerning, tight fisted grognards.

Here's a comparison shot for all you sceptics out there:

Here he is, pictured with Thrugg & another random RT Ork.....not a bad fit I reckon!

Immediately after the above photo shoot was concluded I began to carve him up good!

Mohawk gone, batless and no weird base.....but still waving his pointed finger at the sky though. 

I haven't completely abandoned the original mini that I tried to convert. He wasn't a bad choice as a donor mini. It was just my shortcomings as a sculptor that lead me to give up on him. He still has some redeeming feature that I want to try and incorporate into this new mini. So, into the acid bath he went, to remove all the offending GS that I'd abused him with. Then I propped him beside the new kid on the block, for comparison....and thunking time. About which bits to use and how I was going to go about melding the selected components into one.

My first Kulo mini on the left, after his bath vs Plastic fantastic on the right, now with his arm cut of as well!

I also decided to have a bit of a play on a drawing app I've got on my phone too. Mixing and matching heads & feet before I "really" started carving into him. Here's what I came up with:

From R-L; bog stock original, FB Minder head, Fattened up FB Minder head, and Thruggs' head.....all three concepts with FB Minder boots as well.

My pick of the bunch, hands down, is the second one from the left. The human head on the original, although nicely detailed, would require too much work (and talent) for me to fatten up. The standard FB Minder head on the next one is a tad too "normal looking" for a Kulo mini I reckon. And Thrugg? Well, he wasn't really in the running in the first place to be honest. I just wanted to see if another Ork head would look ok on the mini.

Now, the next step is going to take a fair bit of finagling. I've got a cunning plan you see, a plan, that if it succeeds will make converting this guy up a walk in the park. I'm going to try something new (to me anyway) with GS.  All will be revealed in the next post my friends :)

Good bye and........

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MK14 Bullock Jet Cycle finished

Why, hello there my fellow lead fiend's,

Today marks an auspicious occasion on the Papafakis calendar, for I have finally completed, after many months, a project.....bloody amazing isn't it!? From a tiny little seed inside my tiny little brain I managed to carry an idea right through the inception, design, prototyping, construction and the production phases to completion. Sound's a little bit pompous I know (like I'm in charge of running a major manufacturing department at "insert generic car company name here"), but I can't help it. I'm over the moon that I've managed to finish something. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was able to call a project done. Oh, and I even managed to paint the damn thing too! No joke! Look, I've even got pics to prove it and all!!!

Like the illustration came to life or something yeah? :P

I was gunna try and freehand the skull motif, but I'm super crap at that, so I cheated & used a transfer instead.

"What you lookin at Willis?"

Can't think of anything to say for this pic.....so I'll just type some random shite instead :P

I'm still waiting on the Space Wolves chapter insignia. Then I'll wack it on his shoulder.

Who's badddd?

So, after I finished taking photo's of this dude I thought I might as well take a few shots of his companions while I was at it. Here they be:

I finished up these four at the same time as the previous one. They'll eventually complete the squad of five
after I get around to painting up the riders.

Can you dig the digital dash panel's?

"Zooom, Zooom".......and other pretend motorbike/plane noises :)

So, that's it I suppose? The only thing left is for the guys who nabbed a bike off of me for them to paint them up. I'm really excited to seeing what they do with them. Lornalims' already finished his (well in advance of the creator I might add :D) and it turned out ace! If your interested to see the great conversion work & paint job he did then head on over to the Oldhammer forum and have a look.

Ok, I'll leave you guys alone now, bye bye :)

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Space Wolves WIP

Greetings gentiles,

Just thought I'd show you a couple of pics of my "Space Wolves in the making". It's all part of my "slowly, but surely" plan to finish all the required units I'd need to successfully run "The Wolf Time" scenario from the Book of the Astronomican. Their almost finished actually, base coating & highlights are done, just need to apply a few washes & some detail work and they'll be finished.....oh, and the basing too ;) On second thought, there's still a shit load to go isn't there!? Oh well, onwards & upwards.

Clicky click the pic if you want to see them more closer uppera!

I'm pretty excited to see how these things are gunna turn out too :)

I've mounted the five Bullock Jet Cycles on plastic chopsticks (as you do) while I attack them with my painting "skills". They'll be mounted, in the end, on those flimsy clear placky flying bases that are...well....pretty damn flimsy! 

Cheers :)

Monday, 22 August 2016

The castings' done dude.

Well, I've returned home to my other home about a weeks ago & while I was there I spent a bit of time casting up fifteen of the Bullock jet cycles. It's been a while since my last blog post, so for those of you that have no idea what the hell I'm going on about, why not have a look at this, this, this and this so that you can fully appreciate my ramblings better. All done? Good! :)

Enough talk, here's some photo's:

All the bits needed to build fifteen of the blighters.

So after I unpacked all the important stuff from my trip i.e. minis, casting stuff etcetera (bugger the clothes and other sundry items) I began working on assembling one of them. So, here is the first one off the rank, ready to be painted by yours truly.

"Who's the boss?"


You may have noticed that there's a boltgun hanging off the back of the bike? In the Wolf Time campaign the riders are equipped with them, and seeing as I'm primarily making these for said game I've decided to stay as faithful to the mini descriptions as possible. 

I've only gotta bang out another four of these guys for the game, so it shouldn't take too long. I haven't painted for so long now though that I'm feeling a little apprehensive about lifting a brush again. I've been in this situation before, and I know I'll be fine when I get back in the saddle, but it still feels a little strange none the less.

So, why did I make fifteen of them if I only needed five? Well, for two reasons really. The first was that I thought that if anyone was interested enough in my creation then I'd have a few spares that I could part with. And the second was that I didn't want to waste the left over resin, as I wouldn't have been able to bring it with me on the plane anyway. I'll be keeping hold of ten of them I think, five for the campaign & five for future projects. So I'll be selling off the other five.......if anyone wants them that is! :) 

Now the boring stuff:

I'm thinking GBP 2.50 per completed bike sounds ok? But please keep in mind that I'm not a professional caster, and as such they will require some minor filling of pin holes. I'm just doing this for a bit of fun :) If your still interested then just let me know in the comments section. Depending on demand I think I'll limit one bike per sale on a first come first served basis. Once that's been taken care of I'll be completing the sale through the Oldhammer forum.

Cheers :)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Jet Cycle in the works.

Hi all,

I've made some more progress on my toy. More ramblings about the build process can be seen here, here and here if your into this sort of thing. The bulk of it's completed, just gotta add a few details here and there and I'll be calling it done.

Here's some visual proof, in no particular order;

In the photo's above the twin bolter's & rear wing assembly have both been blu-tac'd on. I'll be casting up the wing thingy as a separate section too, just like the original. It'd be impractical to cast the bike as a single unit. 

I've only got a few more weeks left before I'm heading off to sunny Melbourne, so I better get cracking. The plan (as of now) is to get this thing finished, make a silicone mold of it and take that home with me so I can cast it up there. As I previously mentioned, it's almost impossible to get hold of polyurethane resin here, in the minuscule quantities that I require. Once I return to sunny Bangkok (with my newly completed bikes) I'll continue with the rest of the Wolf Time crew and finish off the remaining project.

Good bye for now :)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

More Bullock's.....

So, since my last post I've made a fair bit of progress on the bike. It's almost a complete unit now, but still requires quite a lot of detail work before it'll be done. What follows is a bit of the construction work I've carried out so far...albeit with a limited amount of photo's showing the initial phase of the build. I forgot to wield my phone camera at the start, as I was too focused on making the damn thing. You'll just have to believe me that I made this and not my neighbour :)

Now, here's some dazzling images for you all:

My very own MK14 Bullock Jet Cycle design studio hahaha.
Where it's at now.
Tail section built up with plastic, cardboard and GS.
Still quite a bit to go, but it's coming along.

Here's some stuff about how I made some of the separate components:

The grille was made from a Lego piece.
Many fingers were glued together while making this :(
The "exhaust" section was made from a Lego block and a Tau weapon. 
Lego piece severely reshaped & the barrel cut off of the weapon.
Cut in half & trimmed to desired form.
The beginning of the winglet redesign.

That took me about a week to accomplish.....in between tea/beer breaks. I'm not going to give a time frame on this as I almost always never finish anything that I say I will. Let me just say that I'm happy with the progress so far. The only hurdle I have ATM is trying to source resin so that I can cast this sucker up once it's complete. The only supplier I can find here will only provide in minimum quantities of 10kg! A tad more than I'd ever need in my lifetime, or the next.

Alright, enough verbal diarrhoea from me today gents. 

May all of your breathing activities be enjoyable :)